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Friday, February 07, 2014

An Ending and A Beginning!

I finished my socks!  These are the Hermione’s Everyday Socks, done in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight in Rare Gems Fire.  I used US 1 (2.25mm) DPN’s and worked top down.  I really just used the pattern for the stitch pattern, so while my socks are very similar to the actual pattern, they aren’t exactly the pattern.  I actually just plugged the stitch pattern into my standard, generic sock that I’ve knit so many times at this point, I don’t have to think about it.  This is a great stitch pattern and it’s subtle enough to add a little texture and interest without competing with a busy color way (in my opinion).  I think this stitch pattern is definitely a good one to add to the sock library!  (Ravelry project link)

It’s good to be finished with the socks, because today is Opening Ceremonies for the Olympics!  I love the Olympics, always have, and I always watch them.  Caleb has been pretty effectively brainwashed into loving the Olympics too, so he’ll be watching with me.  Also, since we’re doing Ancient History this year, we’re going to take a little side trip into the original olympics while the modern day Olympics are going on.  See, history is relevant!  (Mickael likes the idea of the Olympics, but I got to him too late to really train him to watch ALL THE OLYMPICS.  He’ll only watch Opening Ceremonies, Closing Ceremonies, and one or two events.  He’s a lightweight.)  This also means that I’ll be challenging myself to reach knitting glory (or at least keep the needles flying while I cheer for the athletes).  My first project will be a Hemlock Ring Blanket, knit in Cascade Eco+ in Aporto, a dark blue blue green (yes, it’s more blue than a blue green is, so blue blue green).  The yarn comes in 250 gram skeins of almost 500 yards each!  I had to hand wind it.  It’s about the size of a soccer ball, maybe a little smaller.  I have two of them for this project.  I’ve got the needles out and ready to go along with my counter (I use a row/round counter religiously.  It might be a bit obsessive.  Or beyond obsessive.  I love them!), stitch markers and the pattern entered into Knit Companion.  As soon as they start those Opening Ceremonies is Sochi, I am casting on!  Here is the Ravelry project link.

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